Endings. They have to be good for me.

Coconut Baked Shrimp with Pineapple Peach Salsa I howsweeteats.com

Last night I watched Dear John for the 87th time, hoping the ending would change. It didn’t. Whatever.

 

I re-read the last page of The Island for four days after finishing it because I craved a more concise finish. Never happened.

 

I even DVR-ed the Bachelorette in hopes that if I watched the ending twice my TV would implode and I’d never again have to see whatever… that is. A mess is what that is.

Coconut Baked Shrimp with Pineapple Peach Salsa I howsweeteats.com

I never drain a cereal box because let’s face it… the end? Bunches of crumbs and weird powder that clumps into milk. I never scrape a carton of ice cream clean because there is rarely anything good left; I’ve already scooped out every marshmallow swirl and chocolate covered pretzel visible to the female eye. I never can drink the end of a smoothie… mostly because I have started to stuff my face with something far more substantial than liquid calories.

 

I do have to say that I like the end of pickle jars because I like pickle juice. I’m just going to close my eyes so I don’t see your expression here. It’s easier.

 

I also kinda like the end of coconut rum bottles because it probably means I’m drinking some. Hopefully with pineapple juice. Maybe a splash of cranberry. A wedge of lime. A sugared rim. A cabana boy named Gerard Butler.

 

Anyway.

Coconut Baked Shrimp with Pineapple Peach Salsa I howsweeteats.com

If you like pickle juice and coconut rum too I’d totally give you my final rose. Unless your name is Bentley. And hopefully you don’t like those things together. Because that’s just… weird.

 

I really liked the end of this meal!

So much better than Dear John. Pretty sure it’s because I was eating and when I finished I was perfectly full. And blissful. I’m quite enamored with shrimp baked in coconut milk and garnished with a bit of crispiness. Going the extra mile and spooning some chunky peach salsa on top? I can die happy. Just let me swig some pickle juice first.

Coconut Baked Shrimp with Pineapple Peach Salsa I howsweeteats.com

Coconut Baked Shrimp

serves 2-4

1 pound tail-on, peeled and deveined shrimp (I used 16-20 count)

2/3 cup lite coconut milk

2 tablespoons olive oil (I infused mine with some chopped tarragon and heated it over low heat)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

3 tablespoons shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon (If you don’t like tarragon, sub parsley)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray. If desired, slice shrimp down the middle to butterfly. I did this because I like how it appears to make the shrimp “larger.”

Toss shrimp with salt and pepper, then lay in the baking dish. In a bowl, combine coconut milk, olive oil, garlic and tarragon. Pour over shrimp in the baking dish. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs and coconut. Sprinkle over shrimp. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bread crumbs are golden brown. Serve shrimp and spoon a bit of the coconut milk mixture over top. Top with salsa.

Note: if you are not a fan of coconut (especially the texture), you can leave it out and up the quantity of the panko bread crumbs. The coconut milk itself does not have a strong coconut flavor.

 

Pineapple Peach Salsa

1/4 cup chopped pineapple (about 4 large chunks)

1/3 cup chopped peaches (I used 2 white peaches)

1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

juice of half a lemon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, spritz with lemon and toss to mix. Will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge!

Coconut Baked Shrimp with Pineapple Peach Salsa I howsweeteats.com

Now this is a happy ending.

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140 Responses to “Coconut Baked Shrimp with Pineapple Peach Salsa.”

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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — June 7, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    AHH it’s gluten free AND healthy! A blogger after my own heart. I could eat dat shrimp for breakfastttt

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    Cait @ Beyond Bananas — June 7, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    These looks absolutely delicious, Jessica.. just like everything else that you make!! I have everything else.. just need to get me some shrimp.. and this WILL be made :)

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 7:19 am

      Thanks girl!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — June 7, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    This looks amazing! After shrimp scampi, coconut shrimp is my favorite shrimp dish.

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    Nancy — June 7, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    Can’t you just come to my house and make this while I sip some wine and entertain you with witty conversation?

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 7:19 am

      Oh how I wish!

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    Chelsea — June 7, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Thank you for reading my mind. I thought to myself, hmm for dinner I’d really love some summer-y shrimp. And this more than fits the bill! Can’t wait to make it tonight!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — June 7, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    That salsa sounds delicious — not a fan of coconut or I’d think the same thing about the shrimp!

    Ugh — DEAR JOHN!!! I was so mad at the end of that movie. So mad.

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 7:21 am

      You can totally leave the coconut out – not sure if you’re willing to just bake it in the coconut milk – it is not very coconutty!

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — June 7, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    A week from now I will be a the beach. Coconut shrimp will happen one night while there. Although I won’t be the one preparing it. Same thing though, right? :)

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 7:27 am

      I will be at the beach in a week too! Weeeeee! Can’t wait! Sometimes I think the anticipation is the best part.

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    Marisa — June 7, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    Even though its going to be in the high 80s and 90s the next couple of days over here in NEPA…I might actually turn my oven on to make this!!
    Better yet…I wonder if I can bake this on the grill…

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — June 7, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    Mmm! Tropical and yummy. And nice Bentley reference there.

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    Trish — June 7, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Oh how I love shrimp and coconut! Its official you are my favorite persons this morning… ( I have the coconut rum too, come for dinner?). This is a perfect idea for dinner tonight. Oh and I completely understand about the pickle juice.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 7, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Nate will die, he LOVES coconut shrimp! these look amazing :)

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    Erica — June 7, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    These are so pretty! Josh loves coconut shrimp, but I rarely make it because even lightly frying it makes it…not so good for you :) The baked version sounds fantastic. And I oddly like the end of boxes of cereal. :)

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    Kim in MD — June 7, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    You crack me up, Jessica! :-) This looks absolutely amazing! I wasn’t sure where you were going with the pickle juice…I was so relieved to see that there is no pickle juice in the salsa! :-)

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    Alicia at AliGirl Cooks — June 7, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I love coconut shrimp! This looks so much easier than individually breading the shrimp! Fabulous idea!

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    Blog is the New Black — June 7, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I LOVE Elin Hilderbrand books! Great recipe, esp this salsa!

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    Alexis @ There She Goes — June 7, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    coconut shrimp= summatime, these look amazing, even though I’m not a giant coconut milk fan

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — June 7, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Mmmmm…I need more coconut shrimp in my life.

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    VeggieGirl — June 7, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    The Bachelorette last night was such a hot mess/train wreck to watch… but I enjoyed it… am I deranged? :D

    Yummmmmm LOOOOV shrimp!

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:43 am

      We can be deranged together. :)

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen — June 7, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    This looks amazing – love coconut shrimp!

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    thehealthyapron — June 7, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    Do you think mango would work here instead of peach ? I just bought a mango (which is why I ask)

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      Definitely!

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    Sophiegoose — June 7, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    That peach salsa looks like it would be great on anything!

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    Rachel @ NotRachaelRay — June 7, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. How about Bentley?!? “I’m going to make Ashley cry….I hope my hair looks okay.” Unbelievable. I felt so bad for Ashley, she must have felt like such a schmuck watching that last night! She got totally hoodwinked. (I like JP, btw.) Anyways, I don’t really like shrimp, but this looks great! I love your baked takes on all thing fried.

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — June 7, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    This is one heck of a happy ending! Looks so tasty!

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    Peas and crayons — June 7, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Everytime I watch a movie like that a second or 1000th time I expect a diff ending too ;) and I love the peach salsa idea w/ this! I bake my coconut shrimp in a dish too… Out of sheer laziness :) haha

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 7, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Shrimp, Gerard Butler, ice cream, peaches and pineapple…. I’m not sure which of these 5 things I adore more. You’re a genius (although I can’t say I agree so much on the pickle juice, but that’s ok because your eyes were closed and didn’t see me making my ‘yuck’ face.) :) Have a great day Jess!

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    Corinne — June 7, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Gerard Butler as my cabana boy…now THAT’S a happy ending!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 7, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I really want a huge bowl of that salsa with some salty chips!

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    Karlie @ Inspire Me — June 7, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    This sounds fantastic! I think I’ll have to give this one a try for sure.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 7, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Honestly I must have this as soon as possible! Love your post!

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      Thanks Maris!

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — June 7, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Dear John just made me angry. Nicolas Sparks has that effect on me. This is a wonderful alternative to deep fried coconut shrimp!

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    Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner — June 7, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I love that fancy spoon!!! :D

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    Shugary Sweet — June 7, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    Yum. That looks delish! I have Dear John on my DVR- no point watching it now :)
    Aimee

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    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — June 7, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Mmmm. Coconut shrimp. The best I ever had was at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company. So goood. :]

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:41 am

      Would love to try that!

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    Shannon — June 7, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Coconut shrimp is one of those things I HAVE to order anytime I see it on the menu. However, I have never seen it baked like this and I’m loving the idea. And the pineappy peach salsa to accompany it is brilliant! Well done (as always)!

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    megabrooke — June 7, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    hi! i read your blog every single day (i think this is my first time commenting), and i just love your humor and wit and your RECIPES… your freaking yummy recipes every day. secondly, i gotta say that we have three very important things in common based on this post alone- a love of pickle juice (i had a gin/pickle juice martini last weekend and it was to die for!), a love of gerry- i’d travel ireland with him and read his dead letters to me any day, and perhaps an unrelenting love of a certain show, and general cringe towards a certain someone named after a CAR. and who is mark ruffalo beaten with the ugly stick.

    ANYWAY, thanks for always making my day with your posts. they always make me laugh and also, drool. cheers!

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      Hahahahahah! Thank you!!

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    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — June 7, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Coconut Shrimp is always delicious and I like the pineapple/peach salsa pairing. Sounds good!

    And. Omg, fricking Dear John. Worst ending E-V-E-R. What was up with that…

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — June 7, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    ohh my I love that you bake these so you can actually taste the shrimp and not just the fried coating. Mmm mmm! :)

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      That is exactly what I was going for!

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    Gen — June 7, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Yuum!!!! What a tropical flavored dish! Now all I have to do is convince mom that she actually does like shrimp, and then we can eat this! :D

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    Carissa — June 7, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    I have some coconut rum that I’ve been debating what to mix with. You sold me with the wedge of lime. Yum!

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    Rachel — June 7, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    seriously, how do you take these AMAZING pictures?! this is some serious food porn.

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      Wow, thank you! I actually didn’t think these pictures were very good!

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    Melanie — June 7, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I think I have a girl-crush on you!! This was a great post!!

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      Thanks Melanie!

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    lisa — June 7, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Looks so delicious and light… What else do you use the salsa with?

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      I think you could use it with any shrimp, chicken or even meat dish – tacos for sure, serve with with chips – the possibilities are endless! I am big right now on making a meal and just chopping a few fruits/veggies in the moment to create my own salsa!

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    Barb Brown — June 7, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Yum-O! Can’t wait to try this shrimp. Did you read Dear John before watching the movie? Of course the book was tens times better, but the ending in the movie was much happier…what didn’t you like about the ending in the movie? The book is heart-wrenching. Channing Tatum is a total hottie.

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:38 am

      I ended up reading it after. I guess I kind of liked the movie ending as it SORT OF left it open to you thinking that they may be together. You know? And yes, Channing Tatum is totally hot… until I read he was a stripper in his younger life… oooh dirty!

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    Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews — June 7, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I’ve tried coconut chicken and love that so now I definitely want to try some coconut shrimp. The breading on there looks delicious!

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    Johanna — June 7, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    I love pickle juice. and coconut rum (try it with lemonade!!). I love this dish… if only I could get the hubby on the coconut kick…

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:36 am

      My husband doesn’t like coconut either. Embrace it. More for you!

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    Melissa — June 7, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    This does look fantastic. And if Gerard Butler were to serve it to me in a cabana on the beach, even better! Also, your sense of humor cracks me up. Thanks!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 7, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    These look so good! Coconut and shrimp are such a good combo. I do the same thing with movies that I’ve already seen. Sit there and hope the ending changes, it never does..

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    Alaina — June 7, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    This looks perfect for a summer dish!!! I love coconut and pineapple. :-)

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    Maria — June 7, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    Whoa, are you a chef? Your plate full of food looks great, like in a fancy restaurant!! Check out my new blog, Beautiful Busy Bee. I don’t have many followers yet (well, just one) but I’m trying to change that and post almost every day. Thanks!

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

      Nope, I am not a chef!

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    Elle — June 7, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    So…you just *drink* the pickle juice? Your recipe is awesome and all, but I’m stuck on that. You drink it? Add more veggies to it? What? hehe.

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    • Jessica — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

      Hahahah NO I will no go that far, but I just like the residual juice from pickles… annnnnd…. I used to dip potato chips in it.

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      • Elle — June 7th, 2011 @ 10:58 am

        Oh, whew! I was all puckery, imagining that. You know what’s great with dill pickles? Corn chips. SO great together!

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